Match Preview : Everton vs Sunderland

Everton are unbeaten in eight Premier League matches and should be looking to secure a big win over relegation threatened Sunderland this weekend.

Sunderland are rock bottom in the table and two points adrift of safety and David Moyes’ side will look to draw on the fact they won 4-0 the last time they played on the road. Place bet on weekend matches on NaijaBet

However, given Sunderland have lost nine of their 12 league away matches this season it looks like Everton will run out comfortable winners on Saturday. A repeat scoreline of 6-2 when the sides last met at Goodison Park may not actually be far off the end result.

Team News

Everton – Yannick Bolasie, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Muhamed Besic are still sidelined for Everton this weekend.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed Kevin Mirallas, James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku are fit to feature this weekend. Continue reading “Match Preview : Everton vs Sunderland”

Match Preview : Chelsea vs Swansea

Chelsea have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points when they kick off the weekend’s Premier League fixtures at home to Swansea.

They have won 16 of their last 19 in the Premier League and are favourites to continue their surge towards the title here.

Swansea have enjoyed a resurgence under Paul Clement and are now four points clear of the bottom three after winning three of their last four. The long break may actually disrupt Swansea’s momentum and make this an easier fixture for Chelsea. Predict and Win Big on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Chelsea – Thibaut Courtois pulled out of a television interview at the weekend after contracting an illness and his availability for Saturday’s clash with Swansea remains in doubt. Other than that Antonio Conte has a full squad to pick from this weekend and has no reason to make any real changes.

David Luiz, Nemanja Matic and Marcos Alonso were among the players to be given a rest last weekend and they will all be recalled here.

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UCL Match Preview : Tottenham vs Gent

Tottenham fell to a disappointing 1-0 loss at Gent last week and have it all to do if they are secure a spot in the last-16 of the Europa League. A 3-0 win at Fulham on Sunday certainly boosted morale coming into the welcome of the Belgian outfit.

Gent’s victory over Spurs is their only win in their last four competitive fixtures. Despite holding the advantage, the Belgian side come into the tie as underdogs.

While Spurs succumbed to a loss in Belgium, they have the means to overturn the deficit at Wembley on Thursday night.

Team News

Tottenham – Erik Lamela is out with a hip problem, but is closing in on a return to fitness. Naija and Bet

Danny Rose is a doubt and is unlikely to be risked ahead of the welcome of Stoke on Sunday. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Tottenham vs Gent”

UEL Match Preview : Fiorentina vs Borussia M.Gladbach

Fiorentina have the ascendancy in this tie after picking up a 1-0 win away to Gladbach in the first leg. They should be confident of seeing out this match having only lost at home once all season in all competitions.

Gladbach have it all to do in this match. They are unbeaten in their last four away matches and have kept a clean sheet in three of those, but they have only won two of seven previous matches in Italy.

Team News

Fiorentina – Federico Chiesa missed the first leg through suspension but is back available for Fiorentina on Thursday. Naija and Bet

Carlos Sanchez will serve a one-match ban in his next European match if he picks up a booking here. Continue reading “UEL Match Preview : Fiorentina vs Borussia M.Gladbach”

Mourinho worried about distant UEL matches

As Manchester United continue to battle on four fronts, wracking up too many air miles is proving a concern to manager Jose Mourinho.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the only goal of the game away to Saint Etienne on Wednesday after just 16 minutes, effectively killing off any suspense in the Europa League last 32 tie that the Red Devils won 4-0 on aggregate.

United would need to negotiate three more two-legged ties if they are to reach the final in Stockholm on May 24, but Mourinho’s biggest concern is over how far his team will have to travel, given they will be playing twice a week most weeks to the end of the season with the battle for a top four finish in the Premier League sharing the spotlight with runs in three cup competitions.

Ideally, Mourinho would like a return to France.

“I’m used to difficult draws, sometimes I think some balls are cold and some balls are hot,” said Mourinho, cryptically. NaijaBet.com

“If I could choose, I would choose not to travel a lot because in the next (Europa League) round we have Chelsea (in the FA Cup) in between the two matches. Continue reading “Mourinho worried about distant UEL matches”

UCL Match Preview : FC Porto vs Juventus

 

Porto have never beaten Juventus in three previous attempts and the objective will surely be to stay in the tie for the reverse leg back in Italy. However, they are unbeaten in their last seven home encounters with Italian opposition.

Juventus have lost four of their 11 previous encounters with Portuguese sides, but all of those defeats came against Benfica. Max Allegri’s side have won each of their last seven matches and are favourites to progress to the next stage of the competition.

Team News 

FC Porto – Nuno has no serious concerns ahead of the reception of Juventus on Wednesday, although André Silva and Felipe are a booking away from a ban.Predict, Play Bet & Win Big on NaijaBet

Porto have tended to use a 4-1-3-2 formation in the Champions League this season and Nuno could revert to that shape here.Juventus – Juventus are expected to continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation that has been used in recent matches. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : FC Porto vs Juventus”

UCL Match Preview : Sevilla vs Leicester

Sevilla are unbeaten in each of their last seven home matches and have only lost to Barcelona and Juventus on their own turf this season. They are underdogs in the competition and could really put Leicester to the sword here over two legs.

Leicester’s season went from bad to worse at the weekend after they were dumped out of the FA Cup by the 10 men of League One outfit Millwall.

They have only won two games in 2017 and have only found the back of the net in three of their 10 matches this calender year.

Team News

Sevilla – Sevilla are able to switch between a variety of formations so it remains to be seen what system Jorge Sampaoli goes for against Leicester on Wednesday.

Vicente Iborra was suspended for Sevilla’s 2-0 win over Eibar at the weekend but is available to return here. Nico Pareja missed the match through injury and remains a doubt here, with Clement Lenglet ready to deputise in his absence if required. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Sevilla vs Leicester”

UCL Match Preview : Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid

Bayer Leverkusen bounced back from successive league defeats with back-to-back wins and will look to carry this momentum into the welcome of Atletico Madrid. They are unbeaten in the Champions League this term, though drew two of their three home group games earlier in the season.

Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in their last seven games away from home, though four of those have been draws.

A 4-1 win at the weekend ended a run of successive stalemates on the road as they returned to winning ways on their travels at just the right time.

Neither side will want to give too much away in the first leg with a draw on the cards in Germany. Naija and Bet

Team News

Bayer Leverkusen – Hakan Calhanoglu is suspended for the remainder of the season. Continue reading “UCL Match Preview : Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid”

FA Cup Match Preview : Sutton United vs Arsenal

Sutton have lost both matches since booking their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup but they have only lost one of their last 14 matches at home soil in all competitions.

Arsenal have endured an awful few weeks and defeat here would really ramp up the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger. He is expected to field a strong side here in order to avoid further embarassment.

Sutton have a real chance to create history here and should try and get at Arsenal as early as possible. The Gunners have lost three of their last four in all competitions but should manage to overcome some hairy moments to come through this tie. Naija and Bet

Team News

Sutton United – Sutton have four former Arsenal players on their books and each of them will be looking to make a statement on Monday night. Craig Eastmond is free to play against his former club after completing his three-game ban in midweek. Continue reading “FA Cup Match Preview : Sutton United vs Arsenal”

Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Espanyol

Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven competitive outings, but have lost only one of their last 24 home games in La Liga.

Zinedine Zidane’s men have won their last seven consecutive league fixtures at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Espanyol with quite a task on their hands.

Espanyol’s impressive three-match winning run was ended away from home last time out, as Quique Sanchez Flores’ men sank to a 2-1 loss against Real Sociedad. NaijaBet.com

Team News

Real Madrid – Toni Kroos is available for league action once again after his ban, which will mean that Mateo Kovacic starts on the bench.

Lucas Vazquez should be preferred to James Rodriguez out on the right-hand side against his former club. Continue reading “Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Espanyol”

FA CUP Preview : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea

Wolves’ form has tailed off since beating Liverpool in the last round of the FA Cup. Paul Lambert’s side have lost each of their last three, although their last two have only ended in 1-0 defeats.

Chelsea are unbeaten in seven matches since losing to Tottenham at the start of January and should have more than enough to overcome Wolves on Saturday despite the fact Antonio Conte is expected to make wholesale changes once again. NaijaBet.com

Chelsea won 6-0 the last time these two sides met back in 2012 and a repeat scoreline may not be far off this weekend.

Team News

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Wolves manager Paul Lambert could make changes to his normal XI here and reward some of the players that helped them beat Liverpool in the last round.

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FA CUP Match Preview : Huddersfield vs Manchester City

Huddersfield are in tremendous form having won each of their last six. In fact, David Wagner’s side have won 12 of their last 14 in all competitions.

Manchester City have won each of their last four but have been rocked by Gabriel Jesus’ long-term injury.

Depending on the strength of the two sides fielded by either manager there could be a real chance of a cup upset for Huddersfield this weekend.

Team News

Huddersfield – Huddersfield manager David Wagner has rotated his squad in the previous rounds of the FA Cup and could do so again here with the club only four points adrift of second place in the Championship. NaijaBet

Aaron Mooy is ineligible due to the terms in his loan agreement with his parent club Manchester City. Continue reading “FA CUP Match Preview : Huddersfield vs Manchester City”

Mourinho hails fantastic brahimovic

The Swedish forward was praised by the Manchester United boss after scoring his first hat-trick for the club.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his match-winning hat-trick against Saint-Etienne.

The veteran striker continued his excellent season with his first United hat-trick leading his team to a 3-0 win in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday.

While Mourinho was happy for the Swede, he was most pleased with the clean sheet his team kept at Old Trafford. NaijaBet.com

“He has scored so many hat-tricks in his career but this is a first for Manchester United,” he said.

“We know that it is more difficult in England, we know clearly that it is fantastic for him. Continue reading “Mourinho hails fantastic brahimovic”

Europa League Preview : Manchester United vs Saint-Etienne

Manchester United have not lost in 12 European home matches against sides from France, while Saint-Etienne have lost each of their last three matches in England.

The French side not be underestimated, however. Saint-Etienne are unbeaten in all 10 of their Europa League games this season and have four of their five away matches in the competition.

Saint-Etienne are currently fifth in Ligue 1 where only Paris Saint-Ger- main (19) have conceded fewer goals (18). United are been guilty of missing plenty of chances this season and they will need to improve their form in front of goal here in order to try and get the job done in the first leg. Place Bet on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Manchester United – Jose Mourinho is expected to name a near full strength side for the first leg of their Europa League clash against Saint-Etienne, with a view to making changes in the FA Cup at the weekend.

Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones missed out at the weekend and are still injury doubts for Thursday’s clash. Continue reading “Europa League Preview : Manchester United vs Saint-Etienne”

Europa League Preview : Villarreal vs Roma

Villarreal have only lost two of their last 14 matches in all competitions but have struggled to turn draws into wins. In fact, half of those matches have ended in a draw.

The Yellow Submarines have only won one of their last five in the Europa League and they must change that run to have any chance of overcoming Roma in this tie.

Roma have won nine of their last 11 matches and have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven away matches in all competitions. Luciano Spalletti’s side will be happy to come away with a draw here and will fancy their chances of winning in the return leg at home. Naija and Bet

Team News

Villarreal – Roberto Soriano was sent off at the weekend but his suspension in La Liga will not prohibit his involvement in Thursday’s meeting with Roma.

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Europa League Preview : Gent vs Tottenham

Tottenham are winless in four matches in Belgium and have only won one of their last seven away matches in the Europa League. Mauricio Pochettino’s side also come into this match off the back of a dreadful 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Gent’s results have been disappointing this season but their home form has been strong. They did lose last time out on home soil but that was only their third defeat in 19 home matches in all competitions this season.

Tottenham are favourites to come through this tie but may still have some work to do when they return to London for the second leg.

Team News

Gent – No surprises are expected from Gent, who are expected to line up with much of the same team that has got them this far in the competition. Renato Neto is one booking away from suspension. NaijaBet.com  Continue reading “Europa League Preview : Gent vs Tottenham”

Europa League Preview : Borussia M.Gladbach vs Fiorentina

Gladbach are unbeaten in five competitive matches in 2017 and have won each of their last four.

Fiorentina’s form away from home hasn’t been great in recent months. In fact, the Viola have only won two of their last six on the road and have lost the other four.

Gladbach did not win any of their three home matches in the Champions League before dropping into the Europa League knock-out phase but have reason to be optimistic ahead of the return leg in Italy.

Team News

Borussia M.Gladbach – Raffael hasn’t featured in any of Gladbach’s last two and is a doubt ahead of the reception of Fiorentina on Thursday, while Jonas Hofmann is also a doubt. Kolo, Ibrahima Traore, Marvin Schulz and Mamadou Doucoure are sidelined.Predict,Play & Win big on NaijaBet.com

Gladbach seemed to use the winter break to work on a 4-4-2 formation and they are unbeaten in competitive matches in 2017 having moved away from a three-man defence that has been seen at the club in recent times. New coach Dieter Hecking should continue with two banks of four and two strikers against Fiorentina on Thursday. Continue reading “Europa League Preview : Borussia M.Gladbach vs Fiorentina”

CL Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Napoli

Real Madrid aren’t playing at their best but have got that winning feeling back and are favourites to overcome Napoli over the two legs.

Napoli are arguably one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in Europe this season. They haven’t lost a game since October and have won 11 of their last 13 in all competitions.

The Serie A side are unbeaten away from home in the Champions League this season and definitely have what it takes to cause an upset here.

They scored seven goals the last time they played away from home, and while that isn’t going to happen here, they have enough to cause Madrid a lot of problems.

Team News

Real Madrid – Real Madrid tested a back three at the weekend but looked far more comfortable when they reverted back to a four-man defence midway through their 3-1 win away to Osasuna. Continue reading “CL Match Preview : Real Madrid vs Napoli”

CL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Arsenal

 

Arsenal have not progressed past the round of 16 in the Champions League since the 2009/10 campaign and have been knocked out at this stage by Bayern Munich twice since then.

The Gunners come into this match out of form having struggled to overcome Hull at the weekend having previously lost each of their last two before that.

Bayern have won each of their last 15 home matches in the Champions League, while Arsenal have lost three of their last seven away matches in the competition. The German giants may not be as intimidating with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm but they are still favourites to win this tie.

The Bavarians won 5-1 the last time these two sides met and while the scoreline isn’t expected to be so dominant this time around, Arsenal may still leave themselves too much to do when they return to London in the return leg. Predict on NaijaBet.com

Team News

Bayern Munich – Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng are both expected to miss out here because of injury. Boateng is one booking away from a ban, as is Philipp Lahm. Continue reading “CL Match Preview : Bayern Munich vs Arsenal”

CL Match Preview : Paris Saint Germain vs Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in the Champions League this season but have only managed to win one of their three home matches in the competition. They haven’t lost at home in any competition since March but tend to encounter problems at this stage of the Champions League.

Barcelona warmed up for the trip to Paris with an emphatic 6-0 win away to Alaves on Saturday. Luis Enrique was able to ring the changes in that win and come away with their biggest away win of the season.

This fixture has seen at least four goals scored in each of the last four and there should be plenty of goals in this fixture with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez both in devastating form coming into this fixture. Naija and Bet

Team News

Paris Saint Germain – Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for their clash with Barcelona in ideal circumstances on Friday night after thrashing Bordeaux 3-0 and getting key players off early and rested.

Alphonse Areola has come under fire for his performances between the sticks of late and was replaced by Kevin Trapp on Friday night. Areola has played in every Champions League match thus far but it remains to be seen whether Unai Emery will stick with him here. Continue reading “CL Match Preview : Paris Saint Germain vs Barcelona”

Match Preview : Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Manchester City are back in the top four after Gabriel Jesus’ late striker earned them a 2-1 win over Swansea. The summer signing has made a real impact since finally linking up with his teammates last month and City look in the groove, which is not good news for a struggling Bournemouth side.

Bournemouth are winless in six matches in all competitions and they are in slight danger of being dragged into the relegation fight if they are not careful. They are six points clear off the bottom three but need to get their act together quickly.

City have scored at least four goals in each of their last three meetings with Bournemouth and travel to the south coast with the Cherries really struggling for form. The signs suggest this match will only end one way.

Team News

Bournemouth – Simon Francis came off at half time in Bournemouth’s 6-3 defeat to Everton with a hamstring injury and isn’t expected to recover in time to feature against Manchester City on Sunday. With Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith also huge doubts Howe could have a real selection headache at the back this weekend. NaijaBet.com

Bournemouth started with a back three against Everton but Howe may scrap that formation after they went in at half-time 3-0 down before changing to a back four after the break. Continue reading “Match Preview : Bournemouth vs Manchester City”

CL Match Preview : Benfica vs Borussia Dortmund

Benfica have won eight of their last nine on home soil and have scored 23 goals in the last six of those. Not only that, but they have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 15 competitive matches Estadio da Luz.

Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, have been poor away from home all season. They have only won one of their last six on the road and haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road since September.

Dortmund are favourites to come through this tie but they may only get it done when they return to home soil in the return leg. Tuesday’s encounter should be a much closer affair than many may anticipate.

Team News

Benfica – Ederson was sent off on Friday night but his league suspension does not carry over into European competition. Predict on NaijaBet.com

Eduardo Salvio failed to shake off an injury to feature last time out and he will start on the right of midfield should he recover in time to face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

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